The International Group of P&I Clubs, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), BIMCO and InterManager have paid attention to the series of recent ship detentions and crew arrests in Mexico. It is reported InterManager.
Since July 2019, the international industry organizations have recorded a number of cases where ships have been detained upon arrival in Mexican ports, with the ports of departure usually from Ecuador, Colombia or Panama, where illegal drugs have been found aboard.
However, these organizations fully understand the damage caused to Mexico by the trafficking of illegal narcotics and the need to suppress and deter this criminal activity.
It should be noted, that the maritime organizations have already expressed serious concern to the Mexican Government with regard to the apparent indiscriminate application of the Code and the disproportionate approach taken by public prosecutors in the cases of ship and crew detentions.
It is known, that the organizations are engaged with the Mexican authorities in seeking the release of both the Master of the UBC Savannah and those ships currently detained.
All Clubs in the International Group, and the ICS, BIMCO and InterManager have issued similar circulars and alerts.